Hazel Elsbach is a printmaker with a penchant for painting, drawing and collage, born and raised in western Massachusetts. Her work is intensely process-driven and utilizes the drawn line as a means of unearthing connections between the artist’s hand, mind, her immediate landscape, and the world at large.
Through this distilled mode of drawing, she finds the freedom to experiment freely with new processes, materials and ideas. Often her work will come to look like an archeological site or map, or an aerial view of the earth as seen from an aircraft, with areas of intense detail scattered amid large portions of uncharted space.
In these cases, the line becomes a border, dividing the composition into arbitrary zones and imposing a structure, which either disrupts or fosters the organic activity of the materials.
Hazel currently resides in Taos, New Mexico.